We are excited to announce Giiyong Festival’s arvo and evening MC is Sean Choolburra!
I always tell people “we are the oldest storytellers in the world. And that’s pretty much what stand up comedy it. It’s storytelling” – Sean Choolburra
Sean Choolburra is one of the most popular and versatile Indigenous performers in Australia today. He has a long 25+ year’s career as a didgeridoo player, dancer, singer, actor, songwriter, and comedian.
Sean Choolburra is known and acknowledged as the funniest and most enduring Aboriginal Australian comedian. He has most recently been labeled the “Godfather of Indigenous comedy”. Born in Townsville, QLD, coming from a family of twelve, his comedy is created from a wide variety of life time experiences, stories, and observations.
Sean is one of few comedians who choose not to use “profanity”building his craft around those early comic pioneers. Sean creates his unique brand of comedy which sets him apart and is therefore suitable for audiences of all ages. As a comedian Sean’s audiences whether corporate, private or public sector, or community are always delighted by his wit, energetic delivery improvisations, and non-stop dance moves.
Sean continues to have an amazing career in comedy which began in 2002 when he represented NSW in the Raw Comedy National Grand Final. Some of his milestones and career highlights include (but not limited to) Hosting two seasons of NITV’s “Express Yourself”, appearing on the Footy Show, Thank God You’re Here, the Squiz, Yarramundi Kids, In the Frame with Rhoda Roberts, Show us Your Roots, Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala, and Nova’s Pop Up Stand Up Comedy.
Sean’s career has seen him perform at Dreaming, Woodford, Adelaide Fringe, Boomerang, Homeground, and Yabun Festivals, and major events such as Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, ABC2 Comedy Up Late, Hong Kong Frindge Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s Deadly Funnys, Storytellers Festival in Scotland, National NAIDOC Ball, World Indigenous People’s Conference on Education (WIPCE), Deadly Awards, and the NRL Indigenous Games.
Sean is a proud Aboriginal man who maintains and practices the cultural traditions of his father’s people the “Girramay”and his mothers people the “Kalkadoon, Pitta Pitta and Gugu Yalanji”, which he draws on when he delivers cultural workshops and shows. Sean’s attitude and work ethics has seen him perfrom all over the world, and by special invitation perform for the Dalai Lama, Hale & Pace, and HRH The Prince of Wales – Prince Charles.
Sean was the founder and leader of Sydney’s first independent traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dance company, the Ngaru Dance Company which he formed in 1993 which have become the well known dance troupe Descendance. He is a graduate of NAISDA College and has
danced with the internationally renowned indigenous contemporary dance troupe Bangarra Dance Theatre. Sean also opened Sydney’s Plant Hollywood with Richard Wilkins in 1996.
Sean now provides solo cultural performances, workshops to schools, communities, and corporate organisations. Sean has most recently re-formed his original dance troupe the Black Cockatoo Dance Company which has seen him perform in New York, America and Chengdu and Chongqing in China.
Sean was recently engaged as the Traditional movement and language consultant for the Award winning theatre production “The Drover’s Wife, and the Choreographer of the “War Cry” song and dance for the NRL Indigenous Team.
To add to his amazing career, Sean is also an ambassador and positive message deliver for health, education, and employment, which has seen him promote “No Smokes” and tobacco campaigns, employment messages for Indigenous Jobs Australia, Fred Hallows Trachoma Program, Stonger Smarter and much more.
“A winning formula of stand up, funny stories & DEADLY dancing” Adelaide Advertise
Sean was fantastic. His humour, acting and didge playing was awesome. His message of anti-racism and
reconciliation was wonderful. His performances revealed a wonderful, warm and caring person. He included the
kids, and took aside a young lad with low self esteem. He is now walking on cloud nine. Tom Leach
“Think Will smith meets Skippy the Bush Kangaroo, a thoroughly entertaining show of infectious energy &
hypnotic tales” Three Weeks Daily, The Edinburgh
“…tells stories of his life that hilariously incorporate music and dance” The Age